Monday, 14 December 2009


A few songs and videos I'm loving at the moment. Some old, some new but all beauties x
The beautiful Good Shoes- Sorry about the lacking visuals but the song is just perfect

This song, another slice of perfection is the theme tune to my life at the moment. Needless to say, life is good right now


Monday, 28 September 2009


With the arrival of the United States' first black president there was bound to be hype and excitement. Something that I was quite surprised to see was white, middle class British boys wearing Obama t-shirts.
Shepard Fairey's iconic image of President Obama has spread like wildfire all over the world, reaching the smallest pockets of society. His image conjures up memories of Warhol's pop art portrait of Marylin Monroe but unlike Warhol, Fairey himself is relatively unknown.
Frank Shepard Fairey came up through the ranks of graphic design and illustration on the skateboarding scene, designing t-shirts and stickers for his associates. He eventually hit the big time and designed album sleeves and book covers for the likes of Johnny Cash, The Smashing Pumpkins and Led Zepplin.
In the midst of Barrack Obama's 2008 campaign, Fairey's Hope image began to spread. 300,000 stickers and 500,000 posters were sold of the image- testament to the poignancy of the image's connotation. After worldwide circulation, earning Fairey status on the art scene, Fairey was arrested on two warrants for graffiti. Obama's party were unable to use the image in their campaign or be seen to applaud it as the image had been "perpetuated illegally"( Regardless, Fairey achieved a great feat; making politics cool.

Sunday, 27 September 2009


Recently on a shopping trip to Spitalfields, my sister and I stumbled upon this fantastic stall selling the most beautiful and unique jewelry. Wonderfully priced at an average of £14 for a necklace, high fashion and funky, signature pieces are affordable for all. All hail the very talented Galibardy!


In this age of materialism and vanity where everyone has to be dressed in a certain way, there is a big market for useless, over priced designer items.Whether it's a diamond studded collar for your Chihuahua or an I-Phone with a white back instead of a black back (umm... why?) we all seem to be buying into whatever the celebrity dictates.
Enter Paul Smith; prestigious and well regarded London designer making his debut in designing water bottles...

Take a minute

Take a few minutes out of your day and watch enviously...

Have rappers finally grown up?

Over the years, rap music has seen some of the most violent and famous feuds resulting in the premature deaths of countless talented musicians. The most documented war was that of West Coast rapper, Tupac Shakur and East Coast rival, Notorious B.I.G. This particular beef resulted in Tupac being killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in September 1996. Notorious denied any involvement but he too was targeted by an unknown in a similar attack shortly after the birth of his first son by singer, Faith Evans. He died of three bullet wounds to his chest in March 1997. It is widely believed that the killing of Notorious was backlash from the murder of Tupac with which Notorious was believed to have been involved.
Several other feuds have consumed headlines and have sparked rivalry between musicians and fans alike. Another famous beef was between New York rappers, Jay Z and Nas. The two had began as friends, making shout outs to one another on their respective albums and were seemingly rising above the hate wars of fellow rappers.
In Jay Z's sixth studio album, 2001's, The Blueprint I (produced by Kanye West) the duo composed a hate track targeted at Nas. The Takeover was the response to months of disrespectful behaviour from Nas and his crew towards Jay Z and Damon Dash (co-founder of Jay-Z's Roc-a-fella Records).
Issues between the two began shortly after the death of New York's most popular rapper, Notorious B.I.G. The void that was left after his death sparked competition between the two rappers and after Jay Z used a line from a Nas song without permission, the relationship began to deteriorate. Jay Z tried to patch things up by inviting Nas to re-record his lyrics as used in the sample but after several no-shows, the Jay Z clan were less than impressed.
The relationship soured further when Nas, who had agreed to put out his 1996 record, The Firm with Roc-a-fella, went behind the backs of Jay Z and Damon Dash and released the album with Aftermath records. Despite all this, Jay Z maintained respect for Nas and mentioned him in his 1997 track, Where I'm From. This was reciprocated by a 1999 track by Nas, We Will Survive which criticised several rappers, including Jay Z.
Jay Z's reatalliaton was an articulate but relentless display of dominance.
So yeah I sampled your voice, you was usin it wrong
You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song
And you ain't get a coin n***a you was gettin f**ked and
I know who I paid God, Serchlite Publishing
Use your - BRAAAAAAAIN! You said you been in this ten
I've been in it five - smarten up Nas
Four albums in ten years n***a? I can divide
That's one every let's say two, two of them sh**s was due
One was - NAHHH, the other was "Illmatic"
That's a one hot album every ten year average
And that's so - LAAAAAAAME! N***a switch up your flow
Your sh*t is garbage, but you try and kick knowledge?
Each verse on this track had 16 lines, the verse directed at Nas had 32. Handbags...!
It took a while for the dust to settle but the feud officially ended with an on stage collaboration in 2005 which saw the start of a beautiful relationship. The duo are now business partners and the sense of both parties meant that the beef never resorted to violence. A case of "keep your friends close, your enemies closer"? You decide.

Friday, 25 September 2009


Mumia Abu Jamal was the president of the Black Journalists Society in Philidelphia at the time of his arrest in 1981. His articles provided a social commentry on the injustice he experienced daily toward black Americans.
Working part time as a taxi driver to supplement his income as a journalist, Mumia made a drop off in the red light district of Philidelphia that changed his life forever.
After taking his customer to his destination, Mumia was about to leave the area when gunshots were heard and Mumia saw his brother staggering on the street nearby. Mumia ran to the scene where he was shot by a uniformed policeman and collapsed, slipping in and out of consciousness. When police arrived, they found a police officer by the name of Faulkner and Mumia with gun shot wounds. Faulkner later died of his injuries. Mumia was immediately arrested and beaten before being taken to a hospital where he recovered fully from his injuries.
When Mumia went to trial, the odds were already stacked against him. Judge Sabo had sent the most defendants to Death Row to date and had subsequently earned the nickname "prosecutor in robes". Mumia's wish to self represent was denied and an unwanted attorney was appointed for him. Mumia was accused of disrupting court proceedings and therefore was disallowed from attending most of his own trial.
Valuable evidence was kept from the courtroom, ensuring that Mumia was painted every inch the villain for the jury. Mumia had a licensed 38 calibre gun but the jury were not told that the bullet that was extracted from Officer Faulkner's brain was from a 44 calibre. The jury were also kept in the dark about an official police document filled out by Officer Gary Wakshul that detailed on the night of Mumia's arrest whilst in hospital "the Negro male made no comments". Officer Wakshul later stated that Mumia had fully confessed to the shooting whilst in hospital, although this came two months after the death of Officer Faulkner and immediately after Mumia filed a complaint for police brutality. Dr. Coletta, the attending physician who did not leave Mumia throughout the duration of his night in hospital said that Mumia never spoke.
Mumia Abu Jamal was sentenced to death and has been fighting for his right for retrail for 28 years. Despite a confession for the shooting in 1999 by Arnold Beverly, Mumia still remains on Death Row.
This man should be free.